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Make a Deal With Syria and Weaken the Iran-Hezbollah Axis

By Martin Van Creveld

Is Damascus serious in its repeated offers to negotiate peace with Israel? Even if it is, should Israel let down its guard and take a chance on negotiating with this known supporter of terrorism?Read More


The Deadly Origins Of A Life-saving Procedure

By Ruth Jolanda Weinberger

Every year in America, more than 3 million women undergo a colposcopy. Considered the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer in women with abnormal Pap smears, the procedure has saved an untold number of American lives. Indeed, in developing countries, where colposcopies are often unavailable, carcinoma of the cervix remains the leading cause of death by cancer.Read More


In Defense of Condi’s Right To Choose

By Kathleen Peratis

In a much-publicized Senate foreign relations committee hearing earlier this month, Senator Barbara Boxer of California questioned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about who was paying a price for the Iraq War. Boxer’s own children and grandchild, she admitted, are either too old or too young to do so. And, she said, “You’re not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family.”Read More


A Word, Yossi Beilin, From An Old Friend

By Steve Berman

Yossi, last week you published an opinion article on this page defending the legacy of Jimmy Carter and his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” (“Carter Is No More Critical of Israel Than Israelis Themselves”). As one of the 15 councilors who resigned last week from the board of the Carter Center — and as an old friend of yours — I feel I must take you to task for defending both the book and the man.Read More


Not All Critics Are Our Enemies

By Leonard Fein

The evident and growing antipathy toward Israel on America’s left, and on college campuses in particular, has become a fashion of our time. It is dispiriting even if no longer surprising; though reports of its extent are often exaggerated, it is real enough to be a legitimate concern.Read More


Carter Is No More Critical of Israel Than Israelis Themselves

By Yossi Beilin

Looking at the controversy that has erupted over former President Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” I have to say I am a little envious — envious of a national culture in which a book, or just a book title, can stir such a debate.Read More


Taking Bush At His Word

By Frank Luntz

Several months ago I was blessed with an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, one of the best communicators ever to represent the United States on the world stage. As an aside, I asked him what his reaction was to President Bush’s unfortunate phrase “bring it on” during an otherwise uneventful White House press conference.Read More


Twelve Days That Should Rend Our Souls Asunder

By Beryl Wajsman

This week and next, we would do well to pause and reflect on the solemn and universal backdrop against which this period of time unfolds every year.Read More


If It’s ‘Apartheid,’ Then Who’s the Palestinian Mandela?

By Nir Eisikovits

Of all humanistic disciplines, history is the easiest to exploit for the advancement of one’s political worldviews. Former president Jimmy Carter’s recent book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” is an interesting case in point.Read More


The Limitations of Liberal Pluralism

By David Klinghoffer

I had an opportunity last weekend to take a mental snapshot of the Jewish liberal species at Limmud New York, a learning conference held at the Friar Tuck Convention Center in Catskill, N.Y. Of some 900 people present for the beautifully organized smorgasbord of presentations on religious, political and other topics, I was probably one of about five Republicans. I was also among the 100 or so speakers.Read More


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